Portrait of Jennie (1948)

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A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

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  • Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
  • Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
  • Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
  • Portrait of Jennie (1948)
  • Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
  • Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie (1948)

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Did You Know?


Joan Fontaine starred in a Dec. 4, 1946 radio adaptation of the Robert Nathan novella on "Academy Award."


Miss Spinney: Don't be soft, Matthews. I'm an old maid, and nobody knows more about love than an old maid.


During the scene where Eben first meets Jennie in the park, the snow on the front of her coat comes and goes.

Crazy Credits

There are no credits at all at the beginning of the film; even the title is not disclosed until the end of the film. Furthermore, several credited workers on the film are not designated by their actual function on the movie, but simply as "staff executives".

Alternate Versions

Originally, all television prints were completely in black-and-white, but by the 1980s the shot of the portrait at the very end was again shown in color. More recently, though, the greenish tint used in the storm scene (lasting about ten minutes) was also restored. Numerous sources, most notably "Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide," have stated that the final reel, save for that color shot, was green, but it was the storm sequence alone, regardless of where it falls on the reels. While the 1990 Fox Video VHS release returned to black-and-white for the two scenes between the storm sequence and the painting-shot, the version currently shown on Turner Classic Movies has them in sepia tint. Which accurately reflects the original theatrical prints is undetermined, but both have the end titles in sepia.


Music by
Claude Debussy
Adapted by Dimitri Tiomkin
Heard over opening narration


Plot Summary


Drama | Romance | Fantasy | Mystery

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